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Historical Society To Host Lecture On SUNY Oswego’s Founder

OSWEGO, NY – The Oswego County Historical Society will host its next lecture in celebration of the 150th anniversary of SUNY Oswego on Oct. 16 at 1:30 p.m. at the Richardson-Bates House Museum, 135 E. Third St.

Tim Nekritz, associate director of the Office of Public Affairs for SUNY Oswego, will present a program entitled “The Edward Austin Sheldon You Don’t Know.”

The program will be based on his research in anticipation of the sesquicentennial.

Dr. Sheldon was the founder of the Oswego Normal School in 1861, the predecessor of SUNY Oswego.

He was also instrumental in the promotion of a free educational system in Oswego for children and a leader in the establishment of the Oswego City School District in 1853.

“The historical society is pleased to recognize this important milestone for the university and remember its founder Dr. Edward Austin Sheldon. This school has been instrumental in the development and growth of the greater Oswego community,” said Justin White, president of the historical society. “Dr. Sheldon made a revolutionary impact on the way children learned in the 19th century, and he is a very important part of our local history.”

This lecture is part of a series presented this fall at the museum.

The event is free and open to the public with donations
accepted.

The Oswego County Historical Society is a non-profit organization founded in 1896 and dedicated to the collection, promotion and interpretation of the historical resources of the
county.

The museum is open Thursday through Saturday from 1 – 5 p.m. and other days by appointment.

For more information contact the museum at 343-1342.